Innovative and eco-friendly packing system for large size bearings
What happens when you pair sustainability with thinking out of the box – in a literal sense? In our case, we have created a new, reusable packaging together with our supplier Schaeffler. The new SMART Box for large size bearings saves more than 100 tons per year in wood that were previously needed for the common single-use boxes. In contrast to the materials used in the previous disposable boxes, this results in a CO2 reduction of more than 50 percent - an achievement that makes us immensely proud!
Making the transport of large bearings not only safe, but also sustainable - this is what we have set themselves as goal by developing an innovative and environmentally friendly reusable packaging system together with automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler. The so-called “SMART Box” (Schaeffler Modular Adaptable Returnable Transport Box) replaces previous disposable transport boxes and is currently used for bearings with an outer diameter of 350 to 750 mm. Together with Schaeffler we are making a significant contribution towards conserving resources and avoiding waste.
Flender Group CEO Andreas Evertz names sustainability as one of our guiding principles. “In recent years, Flender has systematically minimized its own CO2 emissions and was able to reduce it by 83 percent from 2015 to 2020. We aim to be completely CO2 neutral by 2030. In addition, the close cooperation with customers and suppliers is a key part of achieving complete climate neutrality. For this reason, it is also important for us to focus our attention on potential savings within the supply chain. We are pleased to have a partner in Schaeffler who also thinks along these lines. With the introduction of SMART boxes for one gearbox platform, we are already reducing the amount of wood used as disposable packaging material by more than 100 tons per year,” says Evertz.
“The subject of sustainability has been firmly rooted in Schaeffler's DNA for many years and represents one of our four corporate values. Thanks to the new packaging system, not only the handling of the boxes is improved, but storage space and costs are also significantly reduced,” says Dr. Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial at Schaeffler. “The replacement of up to 25,000 disposable transport boxes each year could be achieved for deliveries to Flender alone.”